Mormon Rocks Formation
Mormon Rocks was created
when the North American and
Pacific Plates collided along the
San Andreas Fault Line.
Mormon Rocks is composed of sedimentary
rock specifically Sandstone. How it looks
today is due to the weather. As natural
weathering occurs the rock expands and
contracts creating holes.
Stream Bed and San Andreas Rift
Mormon Rocks happens to lay in
the San Andreas Rift Zone and its
stream bed is actually San
Andreas’s tilted fault bed.
The cinder cone at Cinder hill is in series of volcanoes in the Sierra
Nevada's. After an eruption a layer of cinder surrounds the pad of lava
that is left of the volcano creating the cinder cones. This gives it its
conical shape. The last eruption of the cinder cones was 500 years ago.
When a volcano erupts, lava spews out of it
and covers rocks and the land already there.
This creates piles of volcanic rock called lava
flows. They are mostly comprised of Basalt.
This was the stream bed for the Owens River which led to the Owens Falls.
and falls dried-
rock shaped by
remain this is
now known as
Metate holes are small pools in the rock that fill up
with water organisms such as brine shrimp and
tadpoles often grow in these holes.
Obsidian was created when a volcano erupted and the lava came in contact
with the water in the Owens River. This created the volcanic glass obsidian.
The Shoshone used the obsidian to create arrowheads to hunt with. Flakes
were left behind when the arrowheads were carved
The petroglyphs were
on rocks. This one
sheep and a
Shaman. Perhaps this
drawing is depicting
a religious ceremony.
We cannot be
The house rings were
used a foundation for
Small and medium
sized rocks were used
to be easily moved for
When a earthquake
struck in 1872 along
the Lone Pine Fault,
the land sunk down
and filled with water.
This created what is
now known as Diaz
between the Sierra
Lone Pine Fault
This is the Lone Pine
Fault, located at the
base of the Alabama
Hills, just behind Diaz
Lake. The fault
created the lake in
an earthquake in
Alluvial fan on the Inyo/White Mountains photographed from the shore
of the Diaz Lake
This is the
in the Sierra
range. In the
front are the
The Inyo/Whites have "V" shaped valleys from just rainfall. The stripes
formed from the layers of Sedimentary rock.
We noticed on that day that the Sierras had
snow on them and the Inyo/Whites did not.
This was attributed to orographic effect.
Clouds were able to lift over the Sierras and
bring snow as they gained altitude but the
clouds dissipated before reaching the
Water trickles from
the Sierra Nevada
Mountains into crack
into the earthquake
fault. The water goes
down low enough to
be heated up by the
earth’s core, then
bubbles back up
farther down the
Bark Beetle Destruction
Some of the trees in the area have had to be cut down due to the destruction of the bark
beetle. The beetle eats twisty trails into the bark weekending and eventually killing the trees.
Lake and Islands
Mono Lake has two islands in it; the largest being Paoha and the
smallest being Negit. Paoha Island is actually about a volcano and
the island has only existed for 350 years. Negit Island has existed for
2000 years and is made of volcanic minerals.
There are three types of shorelines at Mono Lake ancient, pre-diversion, and modern. The ancient
shoreline was at 6427 feet above sea level. The shoreline before the Los Angeles stay version in 1941
was 4,300,000 acre-feet at 6417 feet above sea level. The shoreline is marked by wooden walkway that
can be taken up when this will wake returns to that level. The modern shoreline is 2.6 acre-feet at 6380
feet above sea level the historical was in 1982 with 2,100,000 acre-feet at 6372 feet above sea level.
Tufas are made from calcium carbonate and limestone. They are
created underwater with the springs and grow in both groves and
Grant Lake and
Grant Lake is an reservoir
that eventually feeds into
the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
On two sides of the lake are
moraines left from the
glaciated valley behind the
Silver Lake and Waterfall
Sliver Lake is located
within the June Lake
Scenic Loop. This is a
waterfall that feeds
into the lake but on
this day, the waterfall
was frozen over.
This perched boulder, or glacial erratic, is located next to the fire station in June Lake Loop. It
was carried and deposited here by glacial action.
Bloody Canyon is a glaciated
Valley with moraine sitting in
front of it. The glacier carves
a valley into the mountain
and the debris pushed in
front of it is the moraine.
Internment Camp Model
I found this model perched on a book shelf at the Eastern Califronia Museum. It a basic
model of an Japanese Internment Camp between 1942 and 1945. It gives you an idea of
how a camp would have physically looked like. The signs shows the different internment
camps and how many people they housed across the country.
Manzanar was a Japanese
internment camp during World War
II. The land was owned by George
Chaffey. This was the largest
internment camp in the country and
held over 110,000 Japanese-
Americans from 1942 until 1945.
AreaOne of the foundations that
is still standing is the stone
center of the camp. Along
it ran the main road of the
camp with the rest of the
buildings surrounding area
Owens Dry Lake
The Owens Lake was once
the biggest lake in the
Owens River Valley. In the
early 1900’s, the city of Los
Angeles started exporting
water from the lake into the
city by means of the Los
Angeles Aqueduct. They
ran the lake dry from taking
all of it’s water. The soda
ash salts on the surface of
the now dry lake is used